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Charleston police announce arrest of suspect in W. Ashley Chuck E. Cheese's shooting

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014 | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the Charleston Police Department have announced the arrest of a suspect in connection to a weekend shooting at a West Ashley Chuck E. Cheese's that injured two men.

According to police, investigators have arrested 21-year-old Thailando Daiquan King in connection to the shooting. He is charged with two counts of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and possession of a firearm during a violent crime.

Chief Greg Mullen announced the arrest Tuesday night during a press conference in front of the Chuck E. Cheese's. According to Mullen, King was arrested Tuesday on Chateau Street around 4:15 p.m. by the North Charleston Police Department.

"We were getting a lot of information throughout the last couple of days not only from the media, but we were also getting it from citizens, we were getting it from other law enforcement agencies and concerned citizens," Mullen said. "The result of that, we were able to identify the individual that was in the BOLO for the person of interest and as of yesterday, he was identified as a suspect in the shooting."

The Oct. 11 incident happened around 8:15 p.m. when a man got in an argument with two other men inside the Chuck E. Cheese's. The man then left the business after being asked by management to leave.

According to police, the man returned to the business a short time later, hopped over the counter and again confronted the two men.

A CPD press release states that the man then fired a weapon at the two men in a "wanton and reckless manner and without regard for the numerous patrons inside of the business, including many children."

"This was clearly a reckless act," Mullen said Tuesday night."The individual who was involved in this was not considering what the potential outcome could have been, not only in injury or death."

Prior to King's arrest, Charleston police had been been searching for a person of interest who was captured in stills from surveillance video at the Chuck E. Cheese's; investigators say that the person of interest was identified as King.

"The person who did this committed a reckless act in the crowded business with no regard for the well-being and/or safety of the many patrons inside, to include many young children," police spokesman Charles Francis said.

Officials say the two male victims were taken to MUSC and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

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